The Nature of BacteriaWhen bacteria are present, it begins to break down the connective tissues forming small areas of infection around the teeth and gums. As the bacteria multiply, they're drawn into the lungs or swallowed. They can also travel deep into the tissues and travel through the body via the bloodstream. As the bacteria travels, it can settle in other areas. The resulting inflammation may lead to other health issues, including cancer.
The Effects of Periodontal DiseaseRecent studies showed that the gum infections are linked to several cancers in women. You should know that mouth offers the perfect environment for the growth of bacteria. If the bacteria are allowed to accumulate, gum infections or periodontal disease can weaken the tissues. Postmenopausal women who don't brush their teeth daily or floss frequently leave themselves open to an increase in both oral and systemic infections, and possibly cancer. Periodontal disease can have an impact on many chronic health conditions and is a known factor when it comes to the premature loss of teeth. [Also Read: 8 Sloppy Toothbrushing Habits Causing Cavities and Gum Disease] [Also Read: How to Pull a Loose Tooth]
Linking Periodontal Disease and Cancer in WomenResearchers at the University of Buffalo in New York claim the following increases in the risk of cancer for women who have poor oral health.
- 73% increase in the risk for gallbladder cancer
- Over 30% higher risk when it comes to lung tumors
- 23% more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma
- 13% increase in the risk for breast cancer